by Brent Dirks
August 15, 2012
Do you think politics is all one big game? Then you might want to look at the upcoming Election War Room 2012 iPhone game that is turning to Kickstarter for its final bit of funding. The app, inspired by the board game El Grande, is promising a tongue-in-cheek look at the battle for the White House. Players will try to win the contest very much like the real candidates do – by spending a lot of money. The two-player, asynchronous, turn-based strategy game, will allow you to control the campaign of either Romney or Obama. During each turn, the players need to decide which battleground states to campaign in and the special interests to court. The goal is to control more than half of the electoral votes in the key battleground states at the end of eight turns. Each turn will last 2-3 minutes with a full game taking no longer than half an hour. And the developer has made the game for every political persuasion by relying on art from both conservative and liberal cartoonists. Here’s a quick video about the project. Click here if you can’t see the video. So far, the project has garnered almost $3,600 of its $6,000 goal. The money will go to adding additional artwork and testing the game. And unlike most Kickstarter projects, you can get a reward for a very small pledge. For just $5, you can get four free copies of the game. With a $20 pledge, you will get to vote on which cards will be included in the game. And along with the previous rewards, a $35 pledge will allow you to submit a fake news item that runs in the game’s ticker. The game is slated to ship this month if funding is successful. And it looks like a lot of fun. Count me in for a pledge.